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When Doctor of Chiropractic Sebastian Gonzales was in high school, he played baseball and dreamed about making it to the big leagues. A back injury his junior year nearly crushed that dream. After five months of medication, physical therapy, and home care, he stepped back onto the field and hurt himself again the very first day, a move that caused doctors to recommend surgery. Before opting for the operating table, he happened upon a specialist in active-release techniques, an approach to rehabilitation that builds upon traditional chiropractic treatments by focusing on the soft tissues. After three weeks, the pain was gone?forever, this time.
That experience inspired Dr. Gonzales to become a Doctor of Chiropractic and commit himself to helping others through active-release techniques. He and his team at The Performance Place have helped athletes stave off injury at Ironman competitions, marathons, and other events, helping treat and rehabilitate injuries with programs specific to each individual. Dr. Gonzales?s team also put together fitness programs designed to improve all types of athletes, from long-distance runners who need to build core strength, balance, and endurance to baseball players who need to work up their gum-chewing muscles. For athletes ready for the challenge, the aggressive performance programs push them to the limit. During group workouts, students might find themselves modifying body-weight exercises with TRX suspension trainers, heaving sandbags, or swinging kettlebells.